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Jane Keller Souris

Died: Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Age: 77
Jane Keller Souris, 77, died Wednesday, March

Ms. Souris was born in Detroit on June 1, 1926, the only child of Helen Harper Keller and Walter T. Keller. She grew up in Highland Park.

She was valedictorian of the class of 1944 at Highland Park High School. She won a scholarship to Kalamazoo College, where she majored in economics and graduated in 1948, magna cum laude. She received an M.A. in economics from the Univeristy of Michigan in 1952.

Ms. Souris then went to Chicago and worked in the economic analysis department of Standard Oil of Indiana. Subsequently, she returned to Detroit and worked as an economist at the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn

She married Theodore Souris in 1954, and the couple moved to Grosse Pointe where she raised three children while attending law school.

One of the few women in her day to attend law school, she graduated from the Detroit College of Law second in her class. After law school, she worked for 10 years in the Detroit law firm of Riley and Roumell, where she immersed herself in matters related to the desegregation of Detroitís public schools. She then became a senior attorney in the legal department of Detroit Edison, where she practiced contract and discrimination law.

She retired in 1995 from Detroit Edison and subsequently moved to Connecticut to be near her children and grandchildren.

Ms. Souris was an avid reader, music lover and art aficionado. An enthusiastic world traveler, she went to China and saw most of Europe.

She was a staunch believer in womenís rights. Her ability to pursue a successful career while raising a family made her an important role model for her children. After her retirement, she volunteered for Planned Parenthood as well as the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.

She is survived by daughter Susan Wilson; sons Christopher Souris and Stephen Souris and her beloved companion Emil A. Kratovil.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Darien.

The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home of Darien, Conn., handled the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard L. Rosenthal Hospice Residence, C/O Stamford Health Foundation, 2015 West Main Street, P.O. Box 110315, Stamford, CT 06913.
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